English writer, Virginia Woolf once remarked in an essay, “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Well, in this DIY world we’re living in, the same can be said for a craft room of one’s own. Whether you’re a seamstress, a painter, a scrap booker, or the like, there’s nothing like a personalized imaginative and organized workspace to get your creative juices flowing.
No different than if you were decorating a home office, you should think of your craft space as a personal sanctuary that you can adorn and embellish in a way that syncs with the projects you’re creating. Above all, you want it to be organized, especially if you’re craft obsession includes working with beads, bits of paper, buttons, or other small pieces. Clutter can be a creativity killer, trust me, I’ve been there!
When I first set up my own craft room it was important for me to have an inspiration station, as I call it; an area always in my view where I can pin photos or color swatches that spark ideas for my projects. I used this image as an inspiration.
I use cork boards, but you can also use peg board or magnetic boards too. You can get inexpensive, unframed cork boards at craft stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn Fabric, and even Target. Using some prefinished moulding and trim, you can easily make decorative frames to finish the edges of your idea boards.
You can also add moulding, not only as frames for your corkboard or pegboard, directly to your walls to create some architectural interest in your craft room. Wide moulding profiles can even act as a ledge to rest pictures or small bottles of beads or clasps, whatever you want to display. You can get prefinished moulding at building supply stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. They can even cut it for you in the store to your measurements. With all the moulding profiles available, you can create simple, traditional details or fancy baroque-esque frames, whatever suits your style.
I know that when I have a space of my own that’s organized and outfitted for the crafts I’m producing, I’m more motivated to create! Did you ever think that moulding could be your muse?
Let me know what your craft room looks like. I’d love to see your own inspiration stations, and how you organize your projects. And for more inspiration for your creative space visit my Pinterest board Creative Spaces.